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Delivering happiness to seriously ill kids

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Every 60 seconds, a child needs medical care.

These kids are scared, lonely, and missing out on all of the things that make being a kid fun.  

That’s where Starlight comes in.  

We deliver happiness to seriously ill children and their families at more than 800 children’s hospitals and health care facilities in the US.  

Our state-of-the-art programs like Starlight Virtual Reality, Starlight Hospital Wear, and Starlight Gaming entertain, distract, and inspire hospitalized kids.  

Since 1982, Starlight has brought smiles to more than 17 million seriously ill children and their families. 

  1. Virtual Reality

    $10 could provide 10 hours of virtual reality for a seriously ill kid.

    Give $10
  2. Gaming

    $15 could provide an hour of game play to 15 seriously ill kids.

  3. Hospital Wear

    $35 could provide a comfy and colorful gown for a seriously ill kid.

  1. 1 min
    How often a child is in need of medical care
  2. 800+
    The number of hospitals and health care facilities in our nationwide network
  3. 17 million
    How many smiles have been delivered since 1982
  4. $10
    The amount that can deliver happiness to 10 children

Be a shining light for seriously ill kids


Because happy kids heal faster

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